Art and Design research transcends disciplines, and can apply a wide range of research skills and methods to a variety of issues. What research projects tend to have in common at Portsmouth, is social awareness, and the paradigm of positioning practice based work critically in a social, cultural and historical context.Supervisors come from both practice and theory backgrounds. We are therefore well positioned to support a variety of research programmes and we offer PhD by practice as an option. We encourage qualitative or practice-led research, utilising appropriate research skills such as: historical research, semiotic analysis, user research, action research, iterative process and reflective practice.CCI Practice & Performance Research Group (PPRG): The PPRG exists to provide interdisciplinary discussion across the Faculty on conducting research by practice-based art, design and performance methods. It shares examples of staff and other creativity and explores the growing body of theory and models of research in this area in order to build our research culture and to inform effective future research funding applications and REF submissions.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
Art and Science:
Developing art and design practice through scientific and historical knowledge; critical engagement with science and technology; applying artistic skills and methods to scientific tasks or public engagement with science; the role of science in contemporary and historical visual culture.
Sensory perception / Haptics:
Design considerations particularly taking into account aspects related to the senses and their meaning, e.g. the relationship of vision and touch or the semantics of colour.
Culture & Cognition:
Research into the brain as a cultural object; distributed cognition and material/visual culture; other ways of understanding the world relating to semiotics, epistemology, perception and aesthetics.
Embodied Interface Design:
Research includes investigating affordances and metaphors in full body and/or multi-sensory interaction, exploring a new design space.
Research interests include: transcultural contemporary art; the social and design history of cinemas; the 1960s in cultural memory; contemporary Hollywood cinema; history of the circus; history of collecting and commemoration; curating as research.
Our research focuses on tracing the history of the craft of typography and understanding and developing its potential today.
Design Epistemology / Design Process:
Seeking to develop a systematic investigation of how designers think, know and make. This is in particular relation to analogue (drawing/sketching) and digital skills (appropriation/remediation)
Information Design / Data Visualisation:
Making sense of data through hierarchical aesthetic relationships and ordering. It also includes applying user-centred parameters to turn information into meaningful knowledge.
Illustration and Social Awareness:
Using image making as a critical tool to widen understanding of issues in contemporary society.
Artists’ Book, Zines & Independent Publishing:
Exploring traditional print and emergent online platforms in their potential to publish uncensored, raw and dynamic content.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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Minimum required score (Grade B):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
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